November 29, 2011: Says the Eagle quoting Bill Self in support of KU football:
"Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, speaking across campus at his weekly press gathering, called Sunday a "sad day" -- no coach ever wants to see another coach shown his walking papers -- but also acknowledged just how much KU needs to have a good football program.
"It benefits everybody on our campus," Self said.
"It benefits our athletic department, it benefits our budget. There's no revenue stream that this university can create that's better than putting people in the seats over there. (the football stadium) [NCAA statistics show that only two NCAA sports are profitable, Football and men's Basketball, and Football is 3 times more profitable nationally, than men's Basketball]
"We need football to be good, because football also brings an element on your campus which I think is important." A-men Coach Self, direct from the KU horse's mouth.
How is it then do you suspect that "football can bring an element to your campus which is important", besides just a potential revenue stream, that "benefits everybody on our campus", which rationale applies to every university in the state and 19 community colleges, but doesn't apply to WSU; so said the then KU monopolistic controlled Board of Regents, when in exchange for 3 doctors degrees in engineering as a quid pro quo, they "persuaded" president Warren Armstrong and his Athletic Director at the time, Lew Perkins, to "suspend" football at WSU; while at the same time hiring Jon Wefald at KSU and charging him with emphasizing football at KSU, to stop the bleeding of students at KSU, at the time only some 442 students more than WSU's at the time some 16,900 students. And isn't it just so, and to be expected, that WSU then inherited KSU's lose of student problem from which it has never recovered, notwithstanding buying 2500 plus students with unique in the state taxes on Sedgwick County tax payers, to wit: the 1.5 City-County Mill Levy, to just tread water at 14,000 students, until now just this last semester up to some 15,100 probably as a result of more Mill Levy give-a-way scholarships by president Beggs. Moreover, KU got the benefit of its insidious bargain, by turning WSU into a non-traditional university without a football program, resulting in KU obtaining more traditional students out of Wichita for which, given the Regents tuition accountability rules, KU got to keep the new student tuition for one year.
Isn't it just poetic justice and KU getting its just deserts, after Lew Perkins went along with "suspending" WSU football, and then going back east to start a football program at another university, KU rewarded Perkins for his WSU butchering, by making him a highly paid Athletic Director at KU. Then, barely escaping criminal prosecution on the KU ticket scandal, he fired KU Orange Bowl 12-1 football coach Mark Mangino, and hired Turner Gill. Now, the poetic justice is that KU's football program is in a shambles and they are going to have to pay Gill $6 million dollars, just to buy out the last three years of his contract. As I say, it's just deserts for KU and their insidious monopolistic control of the Board of Regents and their decision to "suspend" football at WSU giving WSU, K-States bleeding of student problem, and obtaining more students and money for KU in the process. And, with WSU no longer a traditional university with a traditional student attracting middle of the road football program; then WSU would need no new money for capital improvements for new buildings, with the loss of students. Moreover, when they hired Don Beggs, they committed him not to even ask for any new building capital improvement moneys for WSU, resulting in double taxing Sedgwick County residents uniquely in the state for the direct benefit of KU. The result being some $435 million for KU and new building capital improvement moneys, $210 million for K-State new building capital improvement moneys, $35 million for Pittsgurg State new building capital improvement moneys, and $zero for WSU new building capital improvement moneys.
KU's football woes, couldn't be happening to more deserving folks as God's payback for their past corrupt behavior and intentional damaging without any concern of WSU and Wichita-Sedgwick County tax payers whatsoever. Sincerely submitted, By Fred Marrs